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Super 1 Foods | Posted Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 01:20PM

Happy HalloweenHalloween was historically the marking of the end of summer and the harvest season. While Halloween is not what it was several centuries ago, it still has some of the same traditions, just a little different.

When Halloween was first celebrated in America, the poor would go from door to door asking for “soul cakes” in exchange for prayers for the families’ lost loved ones. The asking for soul cakes has transformed into what we know today as “trick-or-treating.”

When I was younger, my family did not trick-or-treat, but rather we would go to the church fall carnival. My brother and I were not after soul cakes but candy, lots and lots of candy. As soon as we got home from the carnival, we would pour all our candy out on the dining room table. My brother and I would begin the great candy trade. I was allergic to chocolate, so Halloween was not as fun for me as it was for my brother.

Today, there are many different nutritious options you can give to trick-or-treaters. You can pass out Full Circle Raisins that have a NuVal score of 87, apples with a NuVal score of 96, bananas with a NuVal score of 91 or oranges with a NuVal score of 100. Food is not the only thing that you can pass out. You can also give out pencils, stickers, glow sticks and crayons.

Many children end up coming home with enough candy to last them a month! Instead of having candy left all over your house for a month, look into a local candy buy-back program. Many dentists have a program where they buy back candy from children and send the candy overseas to our armed forces. If you can’t find a local candy buy-back program, check online for programs that send candy to our brave soldiers.

There are many options to avoid loading up on candy this Halloween: you can give more nutritious products out or send your candy to our brave solders protecting our country.

 

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